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Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Song Book

Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Weston & His Orchestra

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Among Ella Fitzgerald's gigantic discography, the eight volumes of her Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Complete American Songbook form a sacred pantheon. The idea for these records came from producer Norman Granz, who managed the singer and was the boss of Verve. The first volume, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Songbook, which came out in 1956, was a runaway success with critics and the public alike. So much so that in that same year, Ella followed it up with Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook and then again in 1957 with Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook. This volume, which is given over to the songs of Irving Berlin, was conceived in sessions from 13 to 19 March 1958, with an orchestra directed by the classy and reserved Paul Watson. It's hard to sum up this double album in few words (it originally came out in two separate volumes) without breaking out reams of superlatives. Newcomers to her work can take this record as an easy base camp from which to ascend Ella Everest. Across a repertoire to die for (Berlin passed away in 1989 at the age of 101, having written more than 800 songs!), with light and gay numbers taking centre stage, Ella's voice picks out the great writer's romanticism, which never feels cloying. For fellow composer Jerome Kern, at the heart of Irving Berlin's writing was his faith in American vernacular: his songs were indivisibly linked with the country's history and image. Here, in ubiquitous favourites like Cheek to Cheek, in Watson's arrangements, in ambient swing, in freewheeling and sensual singing, we see the then-41-year-old American reaching the summit of perfection. This is one to play and play and play, again and again and again... © Marc Zisman/Qobuz 

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1
Let's Face The Music And Dance
00:02:57

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
You're Laughing At Me
00:03:16

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Let Yourself Go
00:02:18

Ella Fitzgerald, MainArtist - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
You Can Have Him
00:03:45

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Russian Lullaby
00:01:53

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Puttin' On The Ritz
00:02:17

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Get Thee Behind Me Satan
00:03:47

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Alexander's Ragtime Band
00:02:43

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer - Morris Stoloff, Arranger, Orchestrator

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Top Hat, White Tie, And Tails
00:02:35

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
How About Me?
00:03:16

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Cheek To Cheek
00:03:47

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer - Hugo Cipolatti, Adapter

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
I Used To Be Color Blind
00:02:32

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Lazy
00:02:39

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky)
00:03:10

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
All By Myself
00:02:28

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Remember
00:03:29

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Supper Time
00:03:18

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
How's Chances?
00:02:47

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Heat Wave
00:02:24

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Isn't This A Lovely Day?
00:03:28

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
00:03:34

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Reaching For The Moon
00:02:18

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Slumming On Park Avenue
00:02:23

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
The Song Is Ended
00:02:29

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
00:02:59

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Now It Can Be Told
00:03:11

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Always
00:03:08

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
It's A Lovely Day Today
00:02:27

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Change Partners
00:03:17

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)
00:03:02

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
00:02:55

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weston & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Among Ella Fitzgerald's gigantic discography, the eight volumes of her Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Complete American Songbook form a sacred pantheon. The idea for these records came from producer Norman Granz, who managed the singer and was the boss of Verve. The first volume, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Songbook, which came out in 1956, was a runaway success with critics and the public alike. So much so that in that same year, Ella followed it up with Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook and then again in 1957 with Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook. This volume, which is given over to the songs of Irving Berlin, was conceived in sessions from 13 to 19 March 1958, with an orchestra directed by the classy and reserved Paul Watson. It's hard to sum up this double album in few words (it originally came out in two separate volumes) without breaking out reams of superlatives. Newcomers to her work can take this record as an easy base camp from which to ascend Ella Everest. Across a repertoire to die for (Berlin passed away in 1989 at the age of 101, having written more than 800 songs!), with light and gay numbers taking centre stage, Ella's voice picks out the great writer's romanticism, which never feels cloying. For fellow composer Jerome Kern, at the heart of Irving Berlin's writing was his faith in American vernacular: his songs were indivisibly linked with the country's history and image. Here, in ubiquitous favourites like Cheek to Cheek, in Watson's arrangements, in ambient swing, in freewheeling and sensual singing, we see the then-41-year-old American reaching the summit of perfection. This is one to play and play and play, again and again and again... © Marc Zisman/Qobuz 

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